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If you’ve seen it all in Salzburg and are ready for a change of scenery, there’s plenty more to see just outside the city. These are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ five favorite day trips:
1. Salt mines. The nearby salt mines at Bad Dürrnberg have been used to extract white gold since Celtic times, so it offers a fascinating look back at subterranean history. It also has some thrills and spills, with rides on the mining trolley, speedy slides between levels and an archaeological kids’ playground.
2. Oberndorf. It may only be a small city, but Oberndorf has a spot in history as the place where the popular Christmas hymn “Silent Night” was composed and first performed. You can visit the Museum and Chapel of Silent Night to learn the full story.
3. The Eagle’s Nest. Once the mountaintop chalet of Adolf Hitler, today the Eagle’s Nest is a restaurant with an outdoor beer garden that also doubles as a great jumping-off point for hikers.
4. Salzburger Freilichtmuseum. Lying in the shadow of dramatic Untersberg mountain, this is an open-air folk museum that’s home to 60 farmhouses, barns, cabins and mills that are populated with traditional rural costumes, arts and crafts, working tools and even vehicles.
5. The Great Outdoors. Salzburg is surrounded on every side by natural beauty, so make the most of it by perhaps hiking up to the lofty mountain of Untersberg or dropping down to the lakeside town of Salzkammergut.